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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - BART management and union leaders emerged from negotiations late Monday to announce an end to the four-day regional rail strike that sent hundreds of thousands of commuters scrambling to find alternatives to the 104-mile system. The strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit's two largest unions stung its weekday ridership of 400,000 more sharply Monday than it had Friday, as residents who had taken a long weekend or worked from home scrambled for buses, ferries and carpools - or sat for hours in gridlocked traffic.
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NATIONAL
March 28, 2009 | James Oliphant
Whether you label it the "card check" bill or the Employee Free Choice Act, you can also call it something else -- in deep trouble. Key senators this week appeared to cripple prospects for passing the highly polarizing measure, the labor movement's top priority in Congress, which is aimed at making it easier for workers to join unions. The latest hurdle came Friday, when Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she would seek alternative legislation that was less divisive.
BUSINESS
February 26, 1991 | HARRY BERNSTEIN
Recent confessions of past sins and claims of independence by leaders of the giant labor unions in the Soviet Union are surprising, even in light of more dramatic political and social upheavals throughout that country. Drastic changes are also going on in labor unions throughout Eastern Europe. Unfortunately, these exciting developments have not resolved disputes among unions in Western countries over their relations with unions in the former Soviet Bloc.
NATIONAL
January 15, 2010 | By Janet Hook and Noam N. Levey
The White House and labor leaders agreed Thursday on a formula to tax high-cost insurance plans, removing one of the last obstacles to President Obama's healthcare overhaul, officials said. Under the agreement, reached after an intense round of negotiations this week, union leaders dropped their opposition to the so-called Cadillac tax in exchange for concessions to limit its scope. Organized labor had bitterly opposed the healthcare tax, arguing that union members had negotiated generous benefits in lieu of pay increases.
NEWS
July 10, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
The Democrats are holding their convention in a right-to-work state, and Republicans are promoting the efforts of governors across the country to scale back collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. So what's a union member to do to show disapproval with both parties? Attend a rally before both conventions in Philadelphia, apparently. Unions will hold a Workers Stand for America rally on Aug. 11 in Philadelphia in an effort to draw attention to labor issues before both conventions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Maura Dolan
OAKLAND -- Bay Area Rapid Transit management and union leaders emerged from negotiations late Monday to announce an end to the four-day regional rail strike, which sent hundreds of thousands of commuters scrambling to find alternatives to the 104-mile system. The strike by BART's two largest unions stung its 400,000 weekday ridership more sharply Monday than it had on Friday, as residents who had taken a long weekend or worked from home scrambled for buses, ferries and carpools -- or sat for hours in gridlocked traffic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Advocates trying to place initiatives on California's ballot may face new requirements under a bill approved by the Legislature this month. The measure, AB 857 by Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), would require 10% of petition signatures to be gathered by volunteers instead of paid workers. However, critics say the bill would unfairly empower unions - their members would be counted as volunteers even if they're on labor's payroll. Phil Ung of California Common Cause said the measure would do little to remove the influence of big money on the initiative process while giving an unfair advantage to unions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2003 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
Directors of Hollywood's two main performers unions took their first major step Saturday toward meshing the two groups under a new umbrella labor organization that would represent actors, broadcasters and recording artists. In a nationwide videoconference meeting, the boards of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists approved a broad set of principles aimed at folding the two labor groups into a new 150,000-member union.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2013 | By Alana Semuels and Michael Muskal
After a federal judge ruled Tuesday that Detroit was eligible for bankruptcy protection and cleared the way for municipal pensions to be cut, city officials were upbeat, called for unity and urged residents to look ahead with optimism. But for the city's employee unions, whose members, current and retired, are likely to face benefit reductions, the decision signaled the start of a new legal round - their appeal of the ruling to a higher court. The disparate reactions were symptomatic of what lies ahead for Detroit.
OPINION
February 22, 2007
Re "State of the unions," Opinion, Feb. 17 Russell Roberts claims that cleaning people routinely earn $20 an hour. They must be the cleaning people who work in ivory towers. Roberts suggests that a better way to increase wages is to make workers more productive. When they become less productive because of age or injury, simply plug in a young guy. Perhaps distinguished scholar Roberts should take a sabbatical and get his fingernails dirty in a real job. FRANK PIMENTEL Rolling Hills Estates I am amazed that an educated person in this country would advocate for unions.
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